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Old 05-21-2017, 11:37 AM   #1
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BIKE RACKs once again...

Went to purchase 2 bikes at REI yesterday, also needing a rack. Was surprised that almost all of the many racks they had were NOT RV rated. For y'all with experience, even if you've shared before, what good options are there? I would prefer a 2 bike frame-support rack that would swing down to allow my 4runner hatchback to open (when used on the car); but are there any of that type that are RV/off-road certified? Otherwise, are 1UP and Swagman the only options? Any clarifications appreciated...Glenn.
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Old 05-21-2017, 12:31 PM   #2
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We just purchased the Swagman Dispatch rack to replace a Saris unit that didn't cut it (not RV rated). Haven't travelled with it yet but will be using it to transport our bikes to the Escape rally. If you're going, feel free to stop by and check it out and we can relate how its first trip went.

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Old 05-21-2017, 01:38 PM   #3
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We also just purchased a Swagman Dispatch of our up and coming 21, Swagman also has the Escapee but I'm not sure of it's options. Good Suggestion from another bike rack thread is by your second bike rack first it will save you money in the long run.
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Old 05-21-2017, 02:26 PM   #4
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Went to purchase 2 bikes at REI yesterday, also needing a rack. Was surprised that almost all of the many racks they had were NOT RV rated. For y'all with experience, even if you've shared before, what good options are there? I would prefer a 2 bike frame-support rack that would swing down to allow my 4runner hatchback to open (when used on the car); but are there any of that type that are RV/off-road certified? Otherwise, are 1UP and Swagman the only options? Any clarifications appreciated...Glenn.

I love my 1UP rack. Caution: they have a new website. Use the one with the dash in the URL for their latest products. https://www.1up-usa.com
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We have the dispatch with 5000 miles on it and it has been pretty much as solid as a rock.
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Old 05-21-2017, 07:28 PM   #6
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Bike Rack

I bought a 2-bike Yakima rack I found on Craigslist for a great price. I like that it's pretty heavy. We took a 3,000 mi. trip with it last year. No problems. Our bikes are easy to load, unload, and secure. It's a great rack.
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Went 7k miles with the Thule T2, un rv rated frame rack. No problems other then it was a hassle strapping the bikes enough that they wouldn't sway. It was a drop down rack. Rack to trailer connection is pretty darn solid.

On our 1st trip with a new swagman, everything is solid, no need for straps. I'd think with the main vertical bar folded down it might be out of the way of a hatchback.
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Old 05-22-2017, 08:37 AM   #8
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I hate, hate, hate racks that hold the bike by a frame tube. As a collector/restorer of vintage steel bikes, the damage such a rack can do to a bike that survived 30 years or more is substantial. Now the damage is usually just cosmetic. I only use racks that support bikes from the bottom (wheels). If you are patient, you can find a good rack on CL at a reasonable price. I picked up a nice Thule T2 two bike rack at a bike co-op.

My good bikes remain inside the truck, but I carry a rack for bikes I find on every trip.
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Old 05-27-2017, 01:52 PM   #9
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Sounds like the Swagman and 1 up seems to work well. When I started thinking about a bike rack I was concerned how the bikes would fair with all the bouncing at the rear of the trailer.
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I had the Swagman Dispatch mounted on the back of my pickup yesterday and drove over some rough roads with it and the bikes where solid.
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